DJ Khaled, Grateful | Highlights


DJ Khaled returns with the most star-studded album of his career with ‘Grateful.’ At nearly 90 minutes, it’s jam-packed with hits.

Highlights: Alicia Keys, ‘Here’


★★★ Alicia Keys aims for big, socially conscious ideas on her sixth studio album ‘Here.’ Those ideas aren’t always executed seamlessly, however. Alicia Keys tends to take her time when it comes to releasing new albums.  Here, her sixth album, arrives four years after her last (Girl on Fire).  Here is different from previous Keys…

Alicia Keys, ‘28 Thousand Days’ (Single Review)


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Is R&B A ‘Major Player’ Anymore?


With each and every year, R&B seemingly continues to lose footing – yeah it’s the same old sermon preach year after year. Once a preeminent genre that was dominating radio, album sales, and overall market impact, R&B as a whole seems to have lost its way. While R&B has been cooling off for years, the…

R&B: The Good & Bad Takeaways So Far in 2014


2014 has been a mixed year for R&B.  There’s been some good and there has also been so bad.  Even though R&B is still struggling, 2014 has allowed for R&B to have its moments.  Then again, it’s also had its bombs…big time bombs.  The Good 🙂 Beyoncé gave R&B a shot in the… well she…

Review: Pharrell Williams, ‘G I R L’


G I R L easily one-ups Williams’ 2006 debut, In My Mind Pharrell Williams • G I R L • Columbia • US Release Date: March 3, 2014 Arguably, no one had a better year in 2013 than Pharrell Williams.  A longtime veteran of the music game in a numerous capacities, things had become considerably…

56th Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs and Fails


Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed.  As always, there were moments that thrilled me while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year.  Still, even being…